[kde-linux] Problem with menu .desktop file paths

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Tue Feb 26 19:21:42 UTC 2008

Murray Trainer wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using KDE 3.5.8 on Kubuntu 7.10.  I want to modify the path that is
> used to find .desktop files that populate my KDE menu file.  I
> want /usr/local/share/applications/ to be searched
> before /usr/share/applications/ as the current setup below is causing me
> problems with missing menu entries.
> kde-config --path xdgdata-apps
> /root/.local/share/applications/:/usr/share/applications/:/usr/local/share/applications/
> I have tried various things in /etc/kderc without success.  Can anyone
> suggest a solution?

Don't have a distro.  However, the global XDG_DATA_DIRS environmental 
variable would normally be set with a file in:


If you can't find it there, check the file:



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